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Old 08-08-2008, 05:05 AM   #1
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We are trying to decide whether or not to opt for an outdoor solar light and post for our driveway. To put a regular one in will require hundreds in wiring and electrical work, etc. etc. while the solar option will require none of that, and our outdoor lighting needs are minimal. What I would like to know is how bright they are vs. the regular incandescent ones. I have some cheap walmart solar landscape lights now, the kind you stick in the ground. I'm very happy with them, but I don't think the amount of light they throw would be that useful for an outdoor lampost. Any thoughts?? Perhaps they make higher quality brighter ones??

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Being in the lawn care business I would think you could answer that better than anyone here.

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No, as landscapers we don't do electrical or lighting work, that requires a special license. I'm just looking for advice on whether or not anyone else has used these and if they provide enough light to make them worth the expense ...
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We are trying to decide whether or not to opt for an outdoor solar light and post for our driveway. To put a regular one in will require hundreds in wiring and electrical work, etc. etc. while the solar option will require none of that, and our outdoor lighting needs are minimal. What I would like to know is how bright they are vs. the regular incandescent ones. I have some cheap walmart solar landscape lights now, the kind you stick in the ground. I'm very happy with them, but I don't think the amount of light they throw would be that useful for an outdoor lampost. Any thoughts?? Perhaps they make higher quality brighter ones??
Don't use solar; the principle is sound but actual practice is another thing. Use a 12v xformer with the lights.
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Get rid of that advertisement disguised as a signature and more people would respond to your questions.
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Old 08-08-2008, 12:18 PM   #6
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Get rid of that advertisement disguised as a signature and more people would respond to your questions.
I gotta' agree.

Mr. Wired, are you even interested in having an answer to your question?

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Sorry for the impression I gave via my signature. This really isn't so much of an advertisment as a secondary means of creating an inbound link to my website. Google likes it. I worked very hard on the book and program and this is a way of creating what are called "inbound links". That being said, the two negative responses I received about it are enough for me to see that perhaps it was a judgement error. My usual posts are in lawn and landscape forums, where it would stand to reason I don't get such responses!! Thanks and away with the signature!

But I did not mean for it to detract from my question. I am indeed interested in finding out the truth about the solar lights. Again, I have been toying with the idea of either installing one of those nice metal lamposts with REGULAR light, but the trenching and wiring time would be a bit expensive, so I'm considering a post with a higher quality solar light if one is even available?.
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Based on your posts, I did get a Youtube page with a video showing a woman mowing a lawn in a bikini.
That is some kind of lawn care!
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I would not recommend solar lighting for your application. I would suggest an LED fixture and a 12 volt transformer. You will be able to get the light you need for less money than a 120v light, as far as total price.

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